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Our anniversary was Nov 17th, two years post paralysis. We have come a long way my husband and I.
All the experts told us two years is basically it. Well, I guess this is it! Life as we know it today is living with paralysis and what this new norm means to us.
I am happy to say we have adjusted. We have accepted this new environment. No choice, we have no control of it.
My husband was always a pragmatic. I, on the other hand was always the dreamer.
I had many ambitions and goals for our golden years. They somehow have changed now. I don't expect anything anymore. I have learned to live the moment as if there is no tomorrow. In many ways this is very liberating, it is also sad.. Maybe I am muted, jaded, I am not sure.
But, I am sure of one thing, today was a gift and I cherished it to the max.
Thank you God for your mercy!
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I was injured in 1984, but the date is now one of the most famous, if not the most infmaous dates in American history, September 11th. September 11th, 1984 was the day I broke my neck playing football, and was paraylzed from the neck down. Two days later my Dr. at that time informed me that my spinal cord was severely bruised and crimped through the c4-c5 region. Because of the nature of the bruise and crimping of the cord, I was told walking was not a very likely option and to be prepared to use a wheel-chair for the rest of my life. Not the news a young aspiring professional baseball player wanted to hear. Fortunately for me, 5 days later my left leg slightly moved. As a result, the diagnosis eventually changed to a Central Cord Syndrome. Basically the majority of your paralysis remains in your upper extremities. See my post "Red Head Step Child of Spinal Cord Injuries." That will give you a really good idea of how I feel about my injury.
But this post is about the date and what I do when it comes around. Well for 17 years it had been MY day! My day to reflect, mourn, grieve, and to ponder life's big questions. For many years it was a day for me to be angry, ok angerier than the other 364 days. But eventually it turned into a day for me to be grateful. Grateful that I was still alive, grateful that I could still do so many of the things I love, even if it meant doing them with a disability. Yes 9/11 was a day that I would think about my life, and just how precious it really is. Then 9/11/2001 happened, and my day became our Countries day. I think maybe that after 10 years people will not just think about the atrocities of that day, but will ultimately learn to think as I have about 9/11; Life is short, life is not garaunteed tomorrow, life can change in the blink of an eye. In my presentations, I am a professional speaker www.joerhea.com I often encourage people to use September 11th as I do. Because not only did my life change that day, but all of our lives changed.
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